[ti:Attack on Afghan University Leaves at Least 22 Dead]
[00:00.04]Islamic State militants attacked Kabul University on Monday
[00:05.40]as it held a book fair attended by the Iranian ambassador.
[00:12.12]The attack led to an hours-long gun battle at the largest school in Afghanistan.
[00:19.68]When the fighting stopped, at least 22 people were dead,
[00:24.32]and 22 others wounded.
[00:27.08]Most of those who died were students.
[00:31.32]The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
[00:35.84]That information comes from the SITE Intelligence Group,
[00:40.08]which studies online messaging from groups suspected of terrorist acts.
[00:46.44]During the attack, students and teachers were seen fleeing the area
[00:51.72]around Kabul University's law and journalism schools.
[00:56.16]Afghan special forces surrounded the grounds of the school,
[01:00.76]leading teachers and students to safety.
[01:04.84]Things quieted as the sun set over the Afghan capital.
[01:09.28]An Interior Ministry spokesman said three attackers
[01:13.32]were involved in the raid, and that all three were killed.
[01:18.16]The Islamic State, or IS, said it targeted newly graduated
[01:23.84]"judges and investigators belonging to the apostate Afghan government."
[01:30.88]An IS statement claimed only two of its fighters were involved,
[01:35.20]which conflicted with the Afghan spokesman's report of three attackers.
[01:40.44]The group did not say they planned to target the Iranian official or the book fair.
[01:47.84]It was the second attack on an educational institution in Kabul in two weeks.
[01:54.84]On October 24, IS claimed responsibility
[01:59.16]for attacking a learning center in Dasht-e-Barchi,
[02:03.08]a mostly Shiite neighborhood of Kabul.
[02:06.56]At least 24 students were killed in that attack.
[02:11.08]Over 100 others were wounded.
[02:14.52]Five hours into the fighting on Monday,
[02:17.48]explosions and automatic weapons could be heard
[02:21.36]down the empty streets surrounding the university's fenced grounds.
[02:26.00]Afghan troops stood guard.
[02:28.76]Ahmad Samim, a university student,
[02:32.52]told reporters he saw militants armed with pistols
[02:36.32]and Kalashnikov assault weapons firing at the school.
[02:40.96]Afghan media reported that a book fair was being held at the university.
[02:46.60]Several high-level officials were attending the event
[02:50.32]at the time of the shooting.
[02:52.24]None of them were reportedly hurt.
[02:56.20]Afghan officials refused to comment on the book fair.
[03:00.28]But Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency reported Sunday
[03:06.04]that Iranian Ambassador Bahador Aminian
[03:10.36]and cultural representative Mojtaba Noroozi were to open the event.
[03:16.68]More than 40 Iranian publishers were to take part.
[03:21.08]Iranian state television reported that the attack took place,
[03:25.44]but did not offer information on the Iranian officials.
[03:29.60]Iranian diplomats have been targeted in Afghanistan in the past.
[03:35.16]The incidents dangerously increased tensions between the two countries.
[03:40.52]In 1998, Iran held the Taliban responsible
[03:45.32]for the deaths of nine Iranian diplomats
[03:48.44]working in its consulate in northern Afghanistan.
[03:52.28]Iran sent military reinforcements
[03:55.48]to its 950-kilometer-long border with Afghanistan.
[04:00.92]The IS-allied group in Afghanistan has declared war
[04:04.84]on the country's minority Shiite Muslims
[04:07.76]and claimed responsibility for many attacks since 2014.
[04:14.00]An attack earlier this year on a Kabul maternity hospital
[04:18.36]— also in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood
[04:21.08]— was blamed on the Islamic State group.
[04:23.92]In that attack, militants killed 25 people,
[04:27.84]many of them newborn babies and mothers.
[04:32.28]Schools have also been targeted in past attacks.
[04:35.96]Last year, a bombing just outside of Kabul University killed eight people.
[04:41.20]In 2016, gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul, killing 13.
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